ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - June has arrived, but summer-like temperatures have not brought summer vacation for thousands of area school kids. They are “paying the piper” for all those snow days they had last winter.
Kirkwood, Hazelwood, Wentzville, St. Charles, and Fort Zumwalt are some of the big names that still have kids in school as the calendar flips to June.
Missouri law requires public school children to attend class for 174 days. That’s the minimum. Many districts build in a few extra days just in case, but the number of snow days we saw this past winter exceeded that.
“But we kind of ran out of those days,” Kirkwood school superintendentTom Williams said. “Spring break is hard because staff and parents make arrnagments and they’re gong be gone and don’t want to force people to have to make changes so we just tacked them on at the end of the year.”
But for families, that’s proven to be tough. Many had summer schedules built for their kids that were thrown off kilter by the extra days.
“It was a huge hassle!” parent Kristin Long said. “This week has been super inconvenient, and last week we were supposed to start swim team, and tennis, and it delayed everything, and camps, but we’re dealing.”
And attendance appeared a little bit lighter than normal on Monday, which was the last day in Kirkwood.
“Certainly I know there are probably ten percent of the kids that are already out on vacations that are missing the last day of school, so did it affect it a little, yeah, but is it the end of the world? Not at all,” said parent Ronak Shah.
Officials hope this is a one time thing. The five days Kirkwood had this winter are the most in recent memory.
The kids who have it toughest are those in Wentzville, who will be in school through Friday.